You Look Great and Other Lies

A diagnosis of cancer often creeps into our minds, but the human brain does not dwell on it very long as we fear hearing that we may have cancer or any other life altering illness.The stories in this book are a means of catharsis for the writers and offer a glimpse into the world we live in.  This world involves friends, family, and even people who are not close to us, yet share the commonality of being human with the same concerns about a dire diagnosis. People with carcinoid or neuroendocrine tumors often hear “How can you have cancer? You look so good”. There are proper statements that everyone should consider when talking to a cancer patient.  There are statements that are appropriate and others that are not. Bruce Feiler is a popular American writer on faith, family, and finding meaning in everyday life. His latest book, The Council of Dad:  My Daughters, My illness, and the Men Who Could Be Me, describes how he responded to a diagnosis by asking six men from all aspects of his life to be present through the passages of his young daughter’s life.  An excerpt of You Look Great and Other Lies can be read in this New York Times article:

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Welcome to the But You Look So Good – Carcinoid Cancer Survivor Stories book blog.

Book Introduction excerpt: “To those living with this cancer, it is as though one was dropped off in a barren desert or a jungle and told to find your own way in a bizarre, distorted landscape without a map, much less a compass. There are no landmarks, no signs pointing us towards the correct diagnosis. If our own providers do not think about carcinoid as a possible diagnosis after we give them a litany of symptoms, to whom do we turn?

We are suddenly in a new world where definitions are hard to come by. We live among outlaws, our own body’s cells turning mutinous and becoming silent killers.”

The authors trust you will find the information informative and invite your comments and questions.